• Google Rumored To Release Native iOS Gmail App Soon

    The App Store has been around for more than three years now and Google is finally on the verge of releasing a native iOS app for its Gmail service, according to a new report. M.G. Seigler noted in a recent blog post that “multiple sources” have told him the launch of the application is imminent and should be released in the near future, with belief of passing Apple’s app review.

    Seigler continued to discuss how the app looks “pretty fantastic…perhaps even surprisingly so.” One of the key features that this app would provide is the addition of push notifications for the email service. Other features are likely to include Priority Inbox and one-click starring of messages according to him. It was also speculated that upcoming Gmail features such as “contact icons, better threading, deep search functionality,” and even Google+ integration seem likely to make their way into the iOS application.

    Even though Apple’s App Store has been around since 2008, Google has stuck to using a web interface for Gmail on the iOS platform. The native Mail app found in the iOS platform has supported Gmail accounts for several years now but it seems to lack the number of features that Google offers via the web app. There has been a number of reasons that the Gmail app has been delayed. It was previously suggested that Apple was blocking third-party mail apps to avoid confusion with the native Mail app. Google also seems to favor web apps for its services, which could be another reason. Furthermore, there has been friction between Apple and Google over the Android operating system, which has been claimed to be another reason for the delay. In the recently released biography of Steve Jobs, he even vowed to “destroy Android” after HTC released an Android smartphone that he felt stole Apple’s innovations. All of which are pretty good reasons in hindsight for not wanting to implement the native iOS app (in some sense).

    None the less, the Gmail app seems to be ready and on the verge of pending acceptance into the App Store. It seems that Apple and Google are finally trying to cooperate or at the very least, putting consumer convenience ahead of constant rivalry. Is it something you think you’ll be using? Are you excited for the release? Share your thoughts and comments below!

    Source: ParisLemon (M.G Seigler's Blog)
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Google Rumored To Release Native iOS Gmal App Soon started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 26 Comments
    1. LamboFan's Avatar
      LamboFan -
      They released the application, finally! Check out: App Store - Gmail
    1. codester3388's Avatar
      codester3388 -
      I'm getting a notification error when opening it for the first time. Notifications do not work for me.. Bummer
    1. andygev35's Avatar
      andygev35 -
      Quote Originally Posted by LamboFan View Post
      They released the application, finally! Check out: App Store - Gmail
      Tried to download via iTunes and it's no longer available
    1. Cloudane's Avatar
      Cloudane -
      Quote Originally Posted by LamboFan View Post
      They released the application, finally! Check out: App Store - Gmail
      Not available in the UK. Bummer.

      I didn't think this would ever be approved - thought the whole reason there wasn't a Gmail app was because of Apple's "no duplicating our functionality" policy.
    1. emerica6708's Avatar
      emerica6708 -
      Quote Originally Posted by krosis View Post
      Then you loose the ability to delete mail (it just gets archived).

      That shouldn't be possible, would you mind posting a screenshot?

      I personally have exchange sync for push, and added the account a second time on IMAP for deleting messages. I sure wouldn't mind an interface that allows me to properly manage a gmail inbox that isn't as slow as the web app.
      But you can change the settings, can't remember if I did it on the phone or gmail.com, but I can delete my mail normally now.
    1. Moosestache's Avatar
      Moosestache -
      Seems to have been removed.

      Google unleashed a new Gmail app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users Wednesday, but it pulled it within a few hours after consumer backlash.

      "The iOS app we launched today contained a bug with notifications," the company posted on its Gmail's Twitter account. "We have pulled the app to fix the problem. Sorry we messed up."
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